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Dryad Metal Works Arts & Crafts Silver Jam Spoon
Reference: S1704
Period: George V
Year: 1915
Silversmith: Collins & Co
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 240.00
Weight: 21 grams
Dimensions: 13.0 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A rare Dryad Metal Works Arts & Crafts silver jam spoon, made by Collins & Co, the Art metal workers of Dryad Works, Thornton Lane, Leicester, in 1915. The spoon has a stylized Arts & Crafts tree with 7 leaves on a hand hammered background, and also has a rat-tail, the join of stem and bowl is also quite unusual, but has a lovely shape. The spoon is stamped DRYAD with an interesting font (note capital A), alongside the Birmingham hallmarks for 1915 and makers mark for Collins & Co. Dryad, which is a female wood nymph from Greek mythology, was formed in 1906 by Harry Peach and Benjamin Fletcher (head of Leicester School of Arts), it initially produced cane furniture, but branched out to other Arts & Crafts. Dryad Metal Works was established in 1915 when William Pick (of Collins & Co), and a former pupil, joined Harry Peach in partnership. The Collins and Co. mark was used between 1915 and 1919, although it is unlikely much was produced during the Great War of 1914-1918. We believe this spoon is one of the earliest designs of Dryad Metal Works, (later pieces are hallmarked DMW for Dryad Metal Works, registered 1919 and still in use in 1944). Later pieces are also stamped DRYAD, but with a plainer font, so clearly 2 different DRYAD punches were made. This spoon is depicted in the Dryad catalogue of 1923 as spoon number 60 (see article by Miles Harrison on www.20thcenturysilver.co.uk), see photograph. The catalogue, along with more information about Dryad, can be seen in the book "Artists' Spoons" by Simon Moore, pages 254-256, a book we highly recommend.
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